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Old 12-02-2012, 01:00 PM   #1
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Dinette Renovation - Booth to Table

We didn't like the booth in our Southwind and wanted to try a free standing table and chairs. However, I didn't want to give up my storage, also, liked the fact the table didn't have "legs", so was easy to work around. Started looking for solutions. We first considered the new "rounded" dinette booths at about $1200. Then considered the manufacturer table/credenza model at about $2500. Moved to unfinished furniture store to get something studier, for the cabinets, a table and 2 chairs we were at between $1500 and $2400. Decided to try and put something together ourselves. We got 2 unfinished oak cabinets from Lowes, 18x12x30, (best fit for area available) end panels, some hardware, and stain. Brought a couple of "tops" from the hobby store, because we wanted them to go to the edge of the table. Got chairs from the unfinished furniture store. The entire project took about 10 days, most time for stain and finish drying. Cost was about $450.00. Here is the before and after pics!! We're pleased so far. AND our old dinette booth got 'recycled' to another RV owner who didn't like his table/chairs and wanted a dinette booth...so it wasn't wasted.
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That looks great! Good job!
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Looks great! I wanted do the same and keep our table also. What are the "tops" from the hobby store that you mentioned? Thanks for sharing!
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Looks great! I wanted do the same and keep our table also. What are the "tops" from the hobby store that you mentioned? Thanks for sharing!
Thanks Kelm....they were just finished pieces of birch, Lowes didn't have anything like it, so got them at JoAnn's Fabrics. They were about 1/4 thick, took stain and finish nicely. We had to trim them from the 24x12 down to the 22 inches wide we have available, but that was easy enough. Didn't want anything that would go above the level of the table, which is 30", and cabinets were 30" so needed something strong but thin.
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Very nice upgrade project. What did you use for a stain?
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Very nice upgrade project. What did you use for a stain?
Thanks! It was Minwax, English Chestnut. We took one of our cabinet doors to Lowes and they helped us match us. According to Fleetwood, our finish is "cherrywood" but it was way too light in comparision. We used a pre treatment and finished with a satin polyurethene, all Minwax.
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Great looking job. Well done.
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Took my booth benches out also. But did it while camping at a state park. Bored one day just staring at the booth. Decided to take a better look at how hard it world be. 20 min latter the dealt was out and I was tossing the booths in the bed of the truck. Of course had to use bag chairs the rest of the trip but so much more room. Or it feels like it
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Richard & Samme……You did a fine job of putting it together and the stain matches better than I thought using English Chestnut stain. Really hope you are satisfied with the new chairs and happy with your new dining area. Did you get to put all the booth supplies in the credenza cabinets? The cabinet’s tops came out sharp and the total setup looks factory status.
Thanks for your Christmas gift, DW loves the seats……the man in the white truck…...
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Richard & Samme……You did a fine job of putting it together and the stain matches better than I thought using English Chestnut stain. Really hope you are satisfied with the new chairs and happy with your new dining area. Did you get to put all the booth supplies in the credenza cabinets? The cabinet’s tops came out sharp and the total setup looks factory status.
Thanks for your Christmas gift, DW loves the seats……the man in the white truck…...
Thanks! Yes, everything that was in the under bench storage easily went into the cabinets. We did add a second shelf to them, they only come with one; giving us lots of room. The chairs are very comfortable. And tell DW she is very welcome, enjoy the benches. Next time you're in the neighborhood, stop by and see the result in person!
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Great looking job Richard not to take away from it we did the same for the wifes benefit.
It can be seem for others benefit in QT's 1 & 2 item # 3.
Both make for a more homey atmosphere in motor home.
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Great job. I would love to do that myself but on my MH one side of the dinette has the furnace under it. Maybe in my next life............

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nice job ,i am curious how deep is the inset as it appears your slide has a slight rise to it
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